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Thursday, February 21, 2013

I think this is how I would look as I was throwing my bathroom scale off a cliff:

Has anyone ever been really gloriously carefree and joyful as they stepped on a bathroom scale and viewed the resulting number?

I don't know that I have ever stepped on a bathroom scale without anxiety or trepidation.

Even when the number is going down...does it ever going down fast enough? Even as you stand there smiling at your triumph, isn't the next nagging, grey cloud hanging over you..."How am I going to maintain that loss?" or worse..."How am I going to lose the next pound?"

Someone very wise told me that if I was eating healthy food, staying strictly within my calorie budget and getting some exercise everyday, that my weight should be none of my business. "Take control of what you can control." she counseled. Walk away and leave everything else on the table.

I pondered this advice for a long time. Years actually. I "re-discovered" it or perhaps just really "internalized" it recently with the help of many Spark blogs from many of you out there fighting the good fight. You do make a difference!! And with a lot of internal work that I'm doing with the help of my IOWL Team. And cutting out sugar in a Team Zombie Challenge has also let to some "ah ha" moments and...oh I could go on and on but suffice it to say that something has crystalized this fabulous advice into something...easy and dare I say...almost fun.

The only thing I really have control over is my calorie count and my exercise burn.

I made a commitment about two weeks ago to banish my bathroom scale. In the past, I have stepped on and off that thing so many times, it should have qualified as aerobic activity.

It is in the attic. It still calls to me like some creepy phantom, so I think I will ask my daughter to hide it somewhere else for me.

I then took out my kitchen scale and my Spark iPhone app and made a commitment to managing those number and only those numbers.

I've tracked rigorously in the past. But it was always reluctantly. Because I had to. Because it was good for me. etc. etc. However, now that I am freed from that OTHER number on the bathroom scale, I'm starting to be really jazzed by asserting control over THOSE units shown to me on my kitchen scale and on my tracker. It is almost magical.

I can't cut my body weight in half in a day, but I can cut the amount of cheese I planned to eat in half!

I can take a table spoon of feta (which weighs about .5 oz and 37 calories) over a slice of provolone (1 oz and 100 calories)

Or I can just ditch it entirely for that week, for that day, for that meal.

I can't drop 10 lbs in a day, but I can look at my numbers from yesterday and cut 10 grams of fat off from that number!

Some days I will look at the carb count from the day before and say, "I think I will cut that in half today!"

Voilia! Instant results!! Anyone ever been able to cut their weight in half in a day that magically?

I feel like Dorothy....I have always had the power. Click my heels together three times (or run three laps!) and say..."There is no place like Spark People..."

Numbers CAN make me feel really, gloriously happy!!

Again, I reiterate:

Need to look at upping my fitness minutes now...those are numbers I won't mind going up and up and up!!

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    Your blog really struck a note. Numbers. . . I don't pay as much attention to my scale. But - I have to have lab work done. I know I have been eating clean and well, I surely could exercise more. I am curious and somewhat fearful as to what my "numbers" will be. I would love to get to a point when the numbers aren't intimidating. Anyway - loved your positive outlook. And, yes, we control what we can and need to live our lives fully.
    1884 days ago
    Makes perfect sense...
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  • LINDA!
    Great blog.
    1884 days ago
    Very interesting blog! I can see where those who are into numbers could really
    enjoy changing their focus to other numbers that will really make the difference.
    Much more sensible and just as gratifying to the numbers people that enjoy analyazing and crunching numbers. I am more of a " look in the mirror person" (visual) and "feel the fat over the waist band" (tactile) kind of results measurer/seeker. Maybe I can figure out things to look at and feel on a daily basis that will REALLY make a difference rather than just causing demotivating annoyance, frustration, and disgust. you've got me thinking.

    1885 days ago
  • ADZY86
    Wow love love LOVE this blog!
    1885 days ago
    You HAVE seen this emoticon, haven't you? emoticon
    1885 days ago
    Great, inspiring...tho I am not at war with my helps me remember to drink my water and cut down on the salt and keeps me honest. I really like trying on clothes once a week to see the difference there.
    1885 days ago
    Really liked this blog.

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  • 68ANNE
    Oh wow, epiphany for me too
    1885 days ago
    Lori -

    I have tried several tracing apps. The Weight Watchers App (which you pay for when you belong to WW) SUCKED!! The scanner would get maybe 4 out of 10 products, there was nothing "fun" about it (like getting Spark Points!) and the website that it linked to was clunky, ugly and I could almost never get a blog successfully posted. Mind you this was something that I paid for and I would write to the tech people telling that they were dropping the ball, but nothing ever changed.

    I have also tried "Lose It" which is a a free App and you link to a web site and connect with other friends on the App. I liked it. It was elegant, easy to use and the scanner was the BOMB!! It would regularly get EVERYTHING I scanned- off brands, name brands, store brands and even some really weird esoteric organic and Chinese ingredients I had lying around my cupboard.

    Spark People App lies somewhere in between, regarding scanner accuracy. Better than WW, less robust than Lose it. But still really good. Plus I already have a database of favorites that I link to so it has that advantage. It is elegant and intuitive.

    It does sync with the SP website and I can track and get points for my food, fitness, and water consumption, as well as spin the spark wheel and get points for reading articles on it when I am on the go. Woo Hoo!!

    It is what I am going to stick with!!
    1885 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/21/2013 7:01:00 PM
    By George, I've think you've got it!!! And thank you for sharing.

    Admittedly, I get on my scale in a ritual type of way, first thing in the morning, after using the bathroom, naked even of my glasses, wedding ring, and plead either silently or yes, many times aloud, "Angels lift me up, angels lift me up, angels lift me up!" Seriously, my husband will attest to this and now even my dear 5 yr old granddaughter talks to the angels when she gets on the scale! Oh boy, Grandma, what is wrong with this picture???

    Since I'm in the confessional mode, here's another. This morning prior to a doctor's appointment, I spent at least 15 minutes deciding what to wear that would least impact the numbers when I stepped on his unforgiving scale. Gosh, with mine you can play + or - if you lean forward and put your feet really close to the monitor! Oh, sure, I know every little nuance of my scale! But what a serious waste of time this morning not to mention all the dipping I did out of my self esteem bucket. This did not serve me well; this is getting an IOWL redo!

    So dear SparkFriend, you have liberated another SparkFriend! Now I too see where we really have the power to cut the numbers! Thank you and keep Sparking. I'm clicking my heels long with you... there's no place like SparkPeople!

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    1885 days ago
    Great blog! I love your positive thinking. Take control where you can!!
    You mentioned the Spark phone app. How do you like it? Does the scanner work? Does it sync with SP website? I read the reviews, but I didn't see anywhere that mentioned it sending the information to the website.
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    1885 days ago
    I think I would use that as an excuse - "Well I'm not going to see the damage s I may as well eat the whole cake!" For now, I need my scale...
    1885 days ago
    Awesome blog! I still weigh every day, but I don't give the numbers much thought. I'm focused on fitness minutes. I've got a sedentary job so every minute is a victory. Funny, I used to be satisfied with 20 minutes a day....
    1885 days ago
    You are one of the most imaginative bloggers ever!!! Love your writing and thought lines!!! Keep Sparkin'!!!
    1885 days ago
  • NEWLEAF2013
    emoticon and well said!

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  • LE7_1234
    1886 days ago
    Great plan!!
    1886 days ago
    Thanks for the emoticon emoticon emoticon reminder!
    1886 days ago
    Awesome post. Great work!
    1886 days ago
    T-Dub, wise plans of action! D*mn the scale, full steam ahead!
    1886 days ago
    LOVE this blog. I would hug it if I could, I love it so much.

    That kind of thing is why I refuse to purchase a scale this go-around. I only get my weight when I go to the doctor's office. Last time, a few years ago, when I plateaued on my weight, it killed my motivation and I gave up like a little wussy. This time, the scale is NOT going to dictate how I feel about myself!

    1886 days ago
    Love this blog. Wise words!
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  • PJ2222
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    1886 days ago
    emoticon Good for you! I can see the sense in that- however I am in a challenge that requires us to weigh in every week so not right now but I think being scale free could be in my future!

    1886 days ago
    I love it! I love your new approach and that your weight isn't your business! What a novel way of looking at it. Good for you! And I will take your advice to really, really focus on what I can control - how much I eat and move.
    1886 days ago
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